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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 30, 2018

New Jersey Embraces an Idea it Once Rejected: Make Utilities Pay to Emit Carbon

By BRAD PLUMER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-01-30 03:57:00

Even as the Trump administration dismantles climate policies at the federal level, a growing number of Democratic state governors are considering taxing or pricing carbon dioxide emissions within their own borders to tackle global warming. New Jersey took a major step in that direction Monday, when newly elected Gov. Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat, ordered his state to rejoin a regional carbon-trading program that his Republican predecessor, Chris Christie, had pulled out of in 2012. [ read more … ]

Governor Brown seeks $2.5B for clean cars push

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-01-30 03:57:55

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) wants the state to spend $2.5 billion to accelerate adoption of clean cars. The governor proposed an eight-year plan Friday to add electric and hydrogen vehicle fueling stations and to fund more consumer rebates for vehicle purchases. It came alongside an executive order increasing the state’s goal for zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) to 5 million by 2030. The previous goal was 1.5 million by 2025. [ read more … ]

NYS offshore wind energy plan envisions $6 billion industry by 2028

By Mark Harrington, Newsday  •    •  Posted 2018-01-30 03:58:13

New York State on Monday is to release an exhaustive master plan for offshore wind energy that foresees up to 5,000 people employed in and around a $6 billion industry by 2028, with annual health benefits from reduced emissions valued at up to $400 million. [ read more … ]

Maine Bans New Wind Farms First, Seeks Supporting Data Later

By Jim Efstathiou Jr., Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-01-30 03:58:44

When Maine Governor Paul LePage issued a moratorium on new wind farms, he cited a need to protect the state’s tourism industry. It may be a solution in search of a problem. [ read more … ]

Trump talks trade as other leaders address climate

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-01-30 03:59:20

President Trump touted the economic policies of his administration on Friday, declaring that the United States is “open for business” before an audience of business titans and heads of state, many of whom stood apart from the U.S. leader by expressing concern about climate change. [ read more … ]

Trump says Earth is ‘too cold’ and ice is expanding

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-01-30 03:59:31

The President’s statements suggest that his time in the White House hasn’t corrected his views on global warming. Trump has amplified misinformation related to climate science over the years — primarily through Twitter — and he resumed echoing debunked concepts yesterday. [ read more … ]

Oil Boom Gives the U.S. a New Edge in Energy and Diplomacy

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-01-30 04:00:38

A substantial rise in oil prices in recent months has led to a resurgence in American oil production, enabling the country to challenge the dominance of Saudi Arabia and dampen price pressures at the pump. The success has come in the face of efforts by Saudi Arabia and its oil allies to undercut the shale drilling spree in the United States. Those strategies backfired and ultimately ended up benefiting the oil industry. [ read more … ]

Lab probes Americans’ love-hate relationship with wind

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-01-30 03:59:55

Overall, the lab found positive attitudes were strongly correlated with whether residents were compensated and whether they viewed the planning process as fair. LBNL also documented that individuals moving into an area after wind construction began were more positive than people already in the community, suggesting “more supportive individuals might be self-selecting.” [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.